Prose Combat

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Prose Combat
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Studio album by
Released9 February 1994 (1994-02-09)
Recorded1993–1994
GenreJazz rap
Length55:52
LabelCohiba
ProducerJimmy Jay
MC Solaar chronology
Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo
(1991)
Prose Combat
(1994)
Paradisiaque
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian3/4 stars[2]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]

Prose Combat is the second studio album by French rapper MC Solaar, released in 1994 by Cohiba Records. Its success propelled him to international fame.

An outtake from the album sessions was "Comme dans un film" (falsely known as "John Woo"). This song was featured on the album La Haine – musique inspirees du film (La Haine – music inspired by the film).

Track listing[edit]

French and US editions[edit]

  1. "Aubade" (Jimmy Jay, MC Solaar) – 0:35
  2. "Obsolète" (Jay) – 3:02
  3. "Nouveau western" (Gainsbourg, MC Solaar) – 4:34; samples "Bonnie and Clyde" by Serge Gainsbourg
  4. "À la claire fontaine" (Jay, M'Barali) – 2:59
  5. "Superstarr" (MC Solaar) – 3:03
  6. "La concubine de l'hémoglobine" (Jay, M'Barali) – 4:49
  7. "Dévotion" (MC Solaar) – 4:26
  8. "Temps Mort" (Jay, MC Solaar) – 3:41
  9. "L'NMIACCd'HTCK72KPDP" (Les Sages Poètes De La Rue) – 5:04
  10. "Séquelles" (Barali, Jay) – 3:37
  11. "Dieu ait son âme" (Barali, Pigale Boom Bass) – 4:46
  12. "À dix de mes disciples" (MC Solaar) – 3:45
  13. "La fin justifie les moyens" (MC Solaar) – 4:57
  14. "Relations humaines" (Bambi, MC Solaar) – 3:28
  15. "Prose combat" (Jay, M'Barali) – 3:06

UK edition[edit]

The UK edition replaces "Obsolète", "L'NMIACCd'HTCK72KPDP", and "Dieu ait son âme" with "Le free style d'obsolète", "Solaar Power", and "I'm Doin' Fine", respectively. The sequence of the tracks was also altered.

  1. "Aubade" (Jimmy Jay, MC Solaar) – 0:35
  2. "Le free style d'obsolète" (Jimmy Jay, MC Solaar) – 6:00
  3. "À la claire fontaine" (Jay, M'Barali) – 2:59
  4. "Superstarr" (MC Solaar) – 3:03
  5. "Solaar Power" (JP "Bluey" Maunick, MC Solaar) – 4:51
  6. "Relations humaines" (Bambi, MC Solaar) – 3:28
  7. "Nouveau western" (Gainsbourg, MC Solaar) – 4:34
  8. "La concubine de l'hémoglobine" (Jay, M'Barali) – 4:49
  9. "Dévotion" (MC Solaar) – 4:26
  10. "Séquelles" (Barali, Jay) – 3:37
  11. "I'm Doin' Fine" (Storch, Thompson, Malik, Trotter, Hubbard) – 8:19
  12. "À dix de mes disciples" (MC Solaar) – 3:45
  13. "La fin justifie les moyens" (MC Solaar) – 4:57
  14. "Temps mort" (Jay, MC Solaar) – 3:41
  15. "Prose combat" (Jay, M'Barali) – 3:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Boom Bass – scratching, sampling
  • Jimmy Jay – scratching, production
  • Kiwi – voices
  • MC Solaar – vocals
  • Sinclair – harmony vocals
  • Laurent Vernerey – bass
  • Derin Young – vocals, harmony vocals

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[10] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[11] 2× Gold 200,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[12] Gold 25,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Love, Bret. "Prose Combat – MC Solaar". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  2. ^ Glanvill, Rick (2 December 1994). "MC Solaar: Prose Combat (Talkin' Loud/Phonogram)". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "MC Solaar: Prose Combat". Q. No. 100. January 1995. p. 257.
  4. ^ Ehrlich, Dimitri (15 December 1994). "MC Solaar: Prose Combat". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – MC Solaar – Prose combat" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – MC Solaar – Prose combat" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – MC Solaar – Prose combat" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – MC Solaar – Prose combat". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1994". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 1995". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  11. ^ "French album certifications – MC Solaar – Prose Combat" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  12. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (MC Solaar; 'Prose Combat')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2019.